NEC News of the Day: Women’s Soccer Coaches Visit Somerset plus Tweet of the Day & Other Links of Interest

Brenda van Stralen, Krissy Turner, Mick Darcy, Tom Gosselin, and all 11 Northeast Conference women’s soccer head coaches checked in at league headquarters in Somerset on Nov. 30.

With the NCAA Division I season officially coming to a conclusion this weekend with the College Cup, the heads of the NEC’s programs came together for their annual administrative meeting.

End-of-the-year issues and coaches’ recommendations are usually discussed via postseason teleconference, but this fall’s agenda was so vast an in-person meeting was called.

While in the room, the 11 men and women along with NEC commissioner Noreen Morris and league sport administrator Michelle Boone discussed a number of issues including the future of conference scheduling and an online video exchange program.

“In my experience, face-to-face meetings have a tendency to be more productive, and with the breadth of issues facing us this offseason, we felt  it was necessary to bring everyone together,” said Boone.

The group also touched upon a number of “hot” topics currently hovering over the national scene.

“It’s a great luxury to have someone of Noreen’s stature in the room to deliver some perspective on the issues, especially when it comes to the sport of women’s soccer,” said Boone.  As a former Division I student-athlete, coach, and eventual NCAA Committee member, Noreen brings vast knowledge to the table.”

Coaches are permitted to put forth recommendations, and, if passed by the group through a majority vote, those recommendations then move onto the NEC Sport Management Committee for review and must eventually receive approval from the AD/SWA group in order to take effect.

 

Overtime! Tweet of the Day
@yeaahmare – What is wrong with microsoft word!!?

Other Top-rated Tweets
@steviejohnson13 – Good Day. Bad Day. Next Day….? #KeepGrinding

@dajones19 – U will never understand my life unless u walk in my shoes..

 

Articles of Interest
NEC-specific News
Her playing career was ended by a heart ailment, but Wagner basketballs Melanie Williamson is turning the pageStaten Island Advance (Danny Colvin)

MU men’s hoops update Wednesday afternoonAsbury Park Press (Hawks Nest)

General News
WVU seeks to dismiss Big East’s lawsuitESPN.com (AP)

Feds search Bernie Fine’s officeESPN.com

 

Video Vault
The Best of 2011 from Monmouth WSOC…

Quinnipiac WBB wins again…

Mount Track & Field is ready for the indoor season…

– Nov. 30, 2011 –  

 

NEC News of the Day: Scoring Sensations Highlight Thanksgiving Week on Hardwood – Robert Morris Guard Hits for 38 while Central Connecticut Rookie Continues Tear

Velton Jones is the latest to do it, but not the first. 

Robert Morris’ junior guard carried the Colonials to a win over CAA member James Madison last week by scoring 38 points.  The “small guard with the big game” (as we like to refer to him over here at Overtime!) shot 67 percent from the field during the memorable performance at the Philly Hoop Group Classic and turned the ball over only once despite touching it nearly every time down the floor.

Jones is averaging 4.7 assists per contest and has committed only 10 turnovers thus far this season.  Although no NEC player comes close to topping his league-leading assist-to-turnover ratio (2.8:1), there is one man out there who has a higher single-game scoring total than Jones’ 38.

Central Connecticut rookie Kyle Vinales scored 39 points against Niagara on Nov. 14 and no other player has been able to match that yet.  Like Jones, Rhode Island’s Jamal Wilson and Saint Joe’s Karl Jones have both scored 38 in a game this season, but not 39.

Vinales was no one-hit wonder either.  The first-year Blue Devil continued his tear this past week, averaging 27.0 points over a pair of victories.  The 29 he scored in the win over UMBC and the 25 he dropped in against Hartford landed Vinales his third consecutive NEC Rookie of the Week award making him the first-ever NEC player to open the season on such a run.

So as the opening month of the season comes to a close, Vinales is the nation’s second-leading scorer (24.0 ppg).  Not bad for a rookie.

 

Overtime! Tweet of the Day
@RyanTerry57@MUHawksbaseball This a great time of the year. You find out who really pushes themselves to the next level, it’s all about pride! #HoftheH

Other Top-rated Tweets
@PONY_59 – Why do Nike and under armor commercials always make me wanna go run or lift?

@dbon5 – Got my #countryswag on today. Rocking a flannel and some Tim’s

@Cjfieldss – Up for the early early run

 

Articles of Interest
NEC-specific News
MU women hoops vs. East Carolina plus POLL and predictionAsbury Park Press (Hawks Nest)

Berks NCAA Division I field hockey updateReading Eagle

Iona men score 100 again, then start long road swingJournal News (Brian Heyman)

 

Video Vault
College Basketball is coming to Brooklyn’s Barclay’s Center…

 

An Invitation from Quinnipiac WBB…

– Nov. 29, 2011 –

What We Missed While Going Home for Thanksgiving

We overindulged ourselves at the Thanksgiving dinner table here at Overtime! and the tryptophan took its toll.

In fact we are all just now waking up from our slumber and, boy, did we miss a lot of action.

Below are some highlights from the past week in NEC athletics.  Feel free to comment below and add your own highlights if you think we missed something.  After all, we are still a bit groggy…

Danes’ Great Season Comes to Close – NEC champion UAlbany put forth a solid effort in the NCAA FCS playoffs before succumbing to Stony Brook.  The Great Danes were knocking on the door for the game-winning score when all-NEC quarterback Dan Di Lella’s pass was tipped and intercepted in the end zone with under 1:00 remaining.  The turnover allowed Stony Brook to hang on for a 31-28 win, but it shouldn’t overshadow all the great things Di Lella and the Danes accomplished this season.  Read more about the game.

 

VJ Starts Week off Right – Velton Jones torched CAA member James Madison for 38 points in what was the first of two wins for Robert Morris last week at the Philly Hoop Group Classic.  Three days after topping JMU, Andy Toole’s Colonials posted a 51-44 win over Philadelphia-based LaSalle.  Following non-conference wins over members of the CAA and Atlantic 10, RMU came up 10 points short against cross-town rival Pittsburgh (Big East).  Read more about RMU.

 

Blackbirds Go Gobble, Gobble – Long Island women’s basketball defeated a pair of Atlantic 10 members to win the annual LIU Turkey Classic.  First, Gail Striegler’s Blackbirds handed previously-unbeaten Charlotte a loss to set up a contest against LaSalle for the tournament title.  Preseason all-NEC forward Ashley Palmer poured in 26 points to lead LIU past LaSalle and garner Tournament MVP honors.  Read more.

 

Quinnipiac Conquers Concord Hilton Classic – Tricia Fabbri’s Bobcats did more than their share in what was a phenomenal week for NEC women’s hoops teams.  Eleven NEC teams combined to win 16 games with two of those victories coming courtesy of Quinnipiac in its trip to St. Mary’s Concord Hilton Thanksgiving Classic.  The Bobcats eked out a 64-62 win over Big Ten member Minnesota before topping host St. Mary’s in another two-point decision to claim the tournament crown.  Guard Felicia Barron averaged 17.5 points per contest on the way to the Tournament MVP award. Read more.

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Overtime! Provides Sneak Peek of 2011 All-NEC Football Honors

The votes have been tallied and the All-Northeast Conference honorees will officially be announced tonight on Thanksgiving Eve.

Overtime!, however, has obtained a sneak peek at the list.

The leading rusher in all of NCAA Division I FCS will also add the NEC Offensive Player of the Year title to his resume.  Bryant’s Jordan Brown amassed well over 2,000 yards from scrimmage on his way to claiming the league’s top offensive honor.

Fresh off its shared league title, Duquesne places one of its own amongst the major award winners as Serge Kona is set to receive the NEC Defensive Player of the Year award.

Monmouth’s redshirt freshman receiver Neal Sterling, who is one of 20 national candidates for the 2011 Jerry Rice Award, was a near unanimous choice for the NEC Offensive Rookie of the Year award.

UAlbany, which will represent the NEC in the FCS playoffs this Saturday at Stony Brook (in a game that can be seen live on ESPN3, had two major honorees.

Great Danes’ freshman linebacker Kyle Jordan will be able to call himself the NEC Defensive Rookie of the Year.

Meanwhile, “The Architect of UAlbany Football” and the NCAA Division I active wins leader – Bob Ford – adds another NEC Coach of the Year honor to his storied career.

Here’s the complete list of honorees…

 

 

An official press release is expected on NortheastConference.org tonight.

– Nov. 23, 2011 –

 

NEC News of the Day: Conference Set to Honor Top Gridders in Postseason Awards Program Plus Top Tweets

The dust has settled on the 2011 regular season.

While UAlbany readies to represent the NEC in Saturday’s NCAA FCS First Round showdown at Stony Brook, the NEC staff is busy conducting the all-conference awards process.

Through a vote of the league’s nine head coaches, the NEC will name two 25-member all-conference teams and five major award winners – Offensive Player, Defensive Player, Offensive Rookie, Defensive Rookie, and Coach of the Year honors.

Being that there is nothing like talkin’ football around the Thanksgiving dinner table, NEC fans will have a chance to see what their relatives think about the 2011 All-NEC Football Teams.

The conference plans to announce the award winners on Wednesday, Nov. 23, just in time for Turkey Day.

Overtime! will be one of the first to break the news, so give us a visit on Thanksgiving Eve to see if your favorite NEC player is now your favorite all-NEC player.

How many all-NEC selections will Bob Ford
and his Great Danes  receive come Wednesday?

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 Photo courtesy of UAlbany Sports Information

Overtime! Tweet of the Day
@BonnieBernstein – Arizona AD announces Rich Rodriguez hiring on Twitter? Just the latest example of how social media is starting to rule the world.

Other Top-rated Tweets
@ AyanaNicole_x0 – Yesss we goin to hibachi grill for lunch!!! #lovemymommy

@CoreyMcIntyre38 – Don’t try to be someone your not be yourself and people will respect u more for that

 

Articles of Interest
NEC-specific News
Wagner College’s Chanez Robinson leads by exampleStaten Island Advance (Danny Colvin)

Hoyas hand Hawks defeatAsbury Park Press (Tony Graham)

Rice, Hawks have ‘long way to go’Asbury Park Press (Tony Graham)

UAlbany draws former rival Stony BrookAlbany Times-Union (Mark Singelais)

A Measured ResponseAlbany Times-Union (Mark McGuire)

Wagner senior linebacker Julian Stanford gets weekly honorStaten Island Advance

General News
AD: Buckeyes won’t turn down bowlYahoo! Sports (AP)

Syracuse cops, DA in clash over recordsESPN.com

 

– Nov. 22, 2011 –

 

NEC Football Champ UAlbany Headed to Stony Brook for NCAA FCS First Round

UAlbany defeated Sacred Heart on Saturday, and, as a result, the Great Danes were all smiles Sunday morning when the 2011 NCAA FCS championship field was announced on ESPNU.

Bob Ford’s Danes will face a familiar foe in the FCS First Round come Saturday, Nov. 26.

UAlbany (8-3) will head to former NEC member Stony Brook (8-3), which is now representing the Big South.

Gametime has yet to be determined.

Here’s a glance at the 2011 NCAA FCS Playoff Bracket…

NEC News of the Day: Must-See Hoops Matchups Amidst Busy Weekend of NEC Sports plus Top Tweets, News Links & MORE

Between four important Week 12 matchups on the gridiron, all of which could affect which team acquires the NEC’s automatic bid to the NCAA FCS playoffs, and the NEC Volleyball Championships, it may be easy to lose sight of what’s happening on the hardwood this weekend.

Overtime! wants to make sure that doesn’t happen.  Sure, our staff will closely follow the final week of regular season football as well as the festivities at the two-day volleyball tournament in Downtown Brooklyn.  But besides the fact that it’s our job, we’d be foolish to not keep a close eye on NEC hoops this weekend considering the number of intriguing matchups on the docket.

Two Must-see MBB Matchups
Robert Morris at Penn – Nov. 19 at 7:00 pm

Saturday night’s showdown at the Philly Hoop Group Classic will be a homecoming of sorts for Robert Morris head coach Andy Toole and starting guard Velton Jones.  The latter will be playing in his home city, while the former will be coaching against his alma mater.  Toole, who began his playing career at Elon, played two seasons with Penn, guiding the Quakers to back-to-back NCAA Tournament appearances in 2002 and 2003.  Over his four-year career at Elon and Penn, Toole averaged 12.3 points per contest, finishing with 1,341 points in 109 games.

Long Island vs. Radford – Nov. 19 at 8:00 pm

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The defending NEC champion Blackbirds will head to the Hall of Fame Tipoff Classic in search of their first win since the 2011 NEC Championship Game.  LIU will face Big South member Radford at the Mohegan Sun Arena on Saturday night before facing either Marist or Vermont on Sunday.

Two Must-See WBB Matchups
Robert Morris vs. Central Michigan – Nov. 18 at 7:00 pm

Robert Morris will look to make it three in a row.  After opening the season with back-to-back convincing home wins, the Colonials are back at “The Chuck” on Friday night to face Central Michigan.  RMU has already handled one Mid-American Conference member this season, having defeated Kent State, 78-44.

Quinnipiac vs. Fairfield – Nov. 20 at 1:00 pm

Tricia Fabbri’s Bobcats have reached the 70-point mark in each of the season’s first two games, but have yet to break into the win column.  Quinnipiac will look to bounce back when it welcomes intrastate rival Fairfield to Hamden on Sunday.

 

Overtime! Tweet of the Day
@PONY_59 – Without the wind the cold is so much easier to handle

Other Top-rated Tweets
@brianmoorman – My wife says I can’t turn the Christmas lights on until after Thanksgiving. Do I listen or do I flip the switch?

@Andre_Reed83 – Despite what everyone says including me,Tebow is a winner and his teammates believe in him…..

@JennBrownESPN – Good morning peeps and happy Friday! Make it a great one!!

 

Articles of Interest
NEC-specific News
MU men’s soccer wins in NCAAsAsbury Park Press (Steve Edelson)

As season comes to an end, Wagner football’s Dominique Williams racing to finish lineStaten Island Advance (Jim Waggoner)

Wagner basketball notebook: Murray keeps cool when action heats upStaten Island Advance (Cormac Gordon)

Hawks seek improvement with shootingAsbury Park Press (Tony Graham)

MU football vs. Wagner Game Day plus POLL and my predictionAsbury Park Press (Hawks Nest)

General News
Okla. St. women’s coaches die in Ark. plane crashYahoo! Sports (AP – Jeff Latzke)

Statement by President Emmert on Oklahoma State plane crashNCAA.org

FCS Week 12 PreviewSports Network (Sean Shapiro)

NCAA taking up Penn State scandalYahoo! Sports (AP)

Fine: Allegations are ‘patently false’Yahoo! Sports (AP – John Kekis)